Poppy power trooper gets highest award

National vice chairman of the Royal British Legion presents Halifax branch member Pauline Dawson with a Gold Badge.
National vice chairman of the Royal British Legion presents Halifax branch member Pauline Dawson with a Gold Badge.
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With the annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal fastly approaching, one member from the Halifax Central Branch will this year be proud to organise Remembrance Day after receiving her Gold Badge.

The Gold Badge is the Legion’s highest award that can be bestowed upon a member, so for Pauline Dawson, treasurer welfare case worker and Poppy Appeal organiser for The Royal British Halifax Central Branch, it was very well received.

The badge was awarded to Pauline - a member who has been with the branch for the last 12 years.

Pauline, 59, of Norton Tower, Halifax, said: “It was wonderful to receive it. I’ve never dreamt of anything like that, it was very good for the county to put me across for it.”

The Royal British Legion’s National Vice-Chairman, Terry Whittles, came to Halifax especially to present Pauline with her prize.

Pauline said: “He must have more important things on his agenda.”

Last year The Royal British Legion Halifax Central Branch - which is based on Hopwood Lane - raised £49,191.42 from its Poppy Appeal and with the help of volunteers and the people of Halifax’s generosity, hopes to do as well this year.